Always Brontosaurus to Me

During the latter half of the 1980s, when I was just becoming acquainted with dinosaurs, “Brontosaurus” was just on its way out. A few of my books depicted the lumbering dinosaur, and a few museums still had the wrong heads on their skeletons, but the images of slow, stupid Brontosaurus were slowly being replaced by Apatosaurus. By the time the U.S. Postal Service issued a Brontosaurus postage stamp in 1989, dinosaur fans were quick to point out that the animal was called Apatosaurus and that the old name had been tossed in the taxonomic dustbin.

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